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Young Musician of the Year in the UK

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bassbarbie, May 27, 2002.

  1. Did anyone see the Young Musician of the Year on TV here in the UK?

    I found it very humbling to see how talented they all were. Their performances gave me goosebumps.

    I didn't catch the whole thing, but my favourite performer was the trombone player who won the bursary award, but didn't get into the final.

    The clarinet player had the most expressive eyebrows I've ever seen!

    Who did you think should have won? I can't think how they decide when the different instruments are so very..... different! :)
  2. I gotta say that i saw a bit of it, and was particularly impressed by the guy who played the xylophone (any corrections on spelling?) with two hands and two sticks(technical name?) on each, then went on to play drums.And he played the drums better than ive seen in a while..

  3. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Two threads merged, and moved to MISCELLANEOUS.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes - I watched this. I've watched it every year, but this was the first year that BBC had moved the heats/semi-finals to BBC 4 on Digital, whereas previously they had always shown it all on BBC2.

    I think it shows that they will be pushing music/culture away from the mainstream channels and onto specialist digital - doesn't worry me as I have digital satellite, but it will be a shame if this sort of thing gets a smaller audience.

    Back to the actual final, I think it showed up how impossible it is to compare. I actually enjoyed the piano concerto most, followed closely by the percussion - although I have seen this same concerto performed better by a previous winner.

    But my view was coloured by the choice of material - I really like Prokofiev's concertos! I also like Schwantner's music. I thought that parts of the violin concerto were dull and nothing like as good as I've heard this played - but from a 12 year old - you have to admit she is a prodigy!

    Personally I would have thought - well give it to one of the others as the 12 year old is bound to win it in a future year, but presumably the judges were taking into account the idea that it is young musician of the year?
  5. I agree, young must have been a deciding factor. I didn't find the violinists performance nearly so moving, and I did the think the pianist was phenomenal.... but then so was the percussion and the french horn. I particularly liked the pianists performance in the semi-final. (Can't remember what it was!)

    To me the violin looks a much harder instrument to play. I suppose just to get in to the final opens many doors for them anyway. They'll all 'make it' in their own way.
  6. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The four-mallet approach has become requisite for classical mallet players. Less common amongst jazzers, but Gary Burton and Stefon Harris do it a lot.

    A mallet player who can play trapset well...that's a rarity.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I have seen a couple of jazz cats locally play four mallet. I thought that it was common in jazz, although I am by no means a jazz authority.
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Actually during the Schwantner Percussion Concerto - which was the piece played - there is a requirment for more than 2 mallets per hand - there are some really big chords with notes from marimba/xylophone as well as tuned cymbals simultaneously!

    I liked the improvised free cadenza at the end, where he chose "things that are shaken" and a sort of miniature drum kit!

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